Bill to recognize “Tibet as a separate, independent country” reintroduced in US congress

DHARAMSALA, 2 July: US House Representative Scott Perry has reintroduced a bill calling on President Biden to declare Tibet an independent country in the Congress on the 100th founding anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP). 

“After 70+ years of illegal occupation of #Tibet by the murderous Chinese Communist Party, it’s well past time for the US to take action. That’s why I’m proud today to introduce a resolution calling on President Biden to declare Tibet an independent country,” #FreeTibet #CCP100,” the Congressman from Pennsylvania tweeted on Thursday.

Under SEC. 2. FINDINGS of the bill it states that the Congress finds “In rejecting the seven-decade long illegal occupation of Tibet by the forces of the Chinese Communist Party, the United States of America would provide relief to a long-suffering people and reinforce its reputation as a strident defender of global human rights.”

It further stated that “It would benefit the national security of the United States to recognise Tibet, which comprises of the original three provinces of Amdo, Kham, and U-Tsang, as a separate, independent country.” 

The Bill further entails “sanctions on persons who are knowingly responsible for or complicit in, or have directly or indirectly engaged in, supporting the illegal occupation of Tibet, and for other purposes.” 

The earlier version of the Bill introduced in the Congress by the Congressman in May 2020, calls on the President to recognize the “Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China as a separate, independent country, and for other purposes.”

The Congressman has also previously signed the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s bipartisan letter to the US Secretary of State in May 2019 that urged President Trump to promptly implement key legislations—Tibet Policy Act of 2002 and the 2018 Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act—passed by Congress to guide United States policy on Tibet.

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